IOA Director presents at 2016 Söderberg Prize Seminar, which recognized the first Alzheimer’s disease researcher to receive the award

Earlier this month, IOA Director John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, among others, presented a lecture on “Experimental Transmission of Tau Pathology: Implications for Diagnosis and Therapy” at the 2016 Söderberg Prize Seminar at the Swedish Society of Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden.

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 2.06.05 PMThis Seminar recognized Kaj Blennow, MD, PhD, professor at the University of Goteborg, Sahigrenska University Hospital, and the first Alzheimer’s disease researcher to receive this award. Queen Silvia of Sweden, an avid Alzheimer’s disease research advocate was in attendance to present the award to Dr. Blennow (pictured).


In 2013, the Queen Sylvia Nursing Award was launched in Her Majesty’s (H,M.) name as a way to encourage nursing students to become more interested and involved in research on dementia. “The aim is to support young, driven people with creative ideas that can question convention in how we care for the elderly and dementia patients,” explained H.M. Queen Silvia in an interview with AARP’s The Journal.

To learn more about the Queen Silvia Nursing Award, click here.

To view the full Söderberg Prize Seminar 2016 Program, click here.

Photos courtesy of the Swedish Society of Medicine and the Prize Jury.


Penn kicks off REACT! Study: The Rhythm Experience and Africana Culture Trial

Last week, the University of Pennsylvania officially kicked off their first round of The Rhythm Experience and Africana Culture Trial, also known as the REACT! Study, led by Kathy Jedrziewski, PhD, Deputy Director of the Institute on Aging. This Alzheimer’s Association-funded study is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh’s Brain Aging & Cognitive Health (BACH) Lab, led by the study’s Principal Investigator Kirk I. Erickson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.

This research study will compare two activities, African Dance and an Education/Discussion group, which Drs. Jedrziewski and Erikson believe could be beneficial for older African Americans (ages 65-75). The study will examine whether brain health, fitness levels or quality of life improve as a result of participating in these activities three times per week for six months.

However, after the first week of classes, participants are already praising the benefits. With just a few short days under their belts, several members from both the education and dance groups said they have already learned so much and look forward to seeing what is to come. This study not only gives them the opportunity to enhance their socialization and perhaps their physical and cognitive health, but it also allows them to help others in the aging African American community through this research by providing evidence about potentially effective ways to improve and maintain quality of life as we age.


While the study has already started, coordinators will continue to recruit on a rolling basis. If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in the REACT! Study, contact:

Philadelphia – Penn Campus
Shardae Williams, Project Coordinator

Pittsburgh – The BACH Lab at the University of Pittsburgh

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